The Rock (3-1) were looking to keep their momentum going after back to back great games last night and this morning. The Snake Island Muskies (2-2) would be their toughest challenge yet in the tournament with both teams looking to get atop the standings, jockeying with each other for position.
Nick Rose was in net for Oakville facing Nick Damude in net for the Muskies.
Snake Island gave a strong effort, but the fire power of the Oakville Rock added up as the game wore on. Big games from Ryan Lanchbury (5g,6a), Josh Dawick (3g,3a) and Andrew Kew (3g,5a) staked Oakville to a big lead after two periods. Snake Island got into penalty trouble in the third, and the Rock made them pay with three more power-play goals.
Throughout the game Nick Rose was a brick wall stopping 41 of 45 shots he faced on the evening.
To The Game:
The Rock got on the board on the power-play when Andrew Kew finished a Ryan Lanchbury feed at 2:06, followed by another Kew goal from the outside off a Jason Knox pass at 8:36.
Snake Island got on the board on the power-play when Joe Resetarits fired a Skylar Thomas feed at 11:28, but Ryan Lanchbury answered back converting an Andrew Kew pass at 14:17.
The Muskies kept pushing forward and were rewarded with a goal from Jake Rice off a Skylar Thomas feed. Snake Island thought they had tied the game but were called for having too many men on the floor.
On the ensuing play Josh Dawick fired a shot that Nick Damude got a piece of, but still trickled in at 18:29, followed by Andrew Kew’s third of the game on the power-play at 19:11.
After one period, Oakville 5 Snake Island 2.
Shots on goal were 20-14 in favor of the Rock.
Oakville opened the second period scoring when Ryan Lanchbury scored his second of the game off an Andrew Kew feed at 4:14, followed by Lanchbury again on the power-play off a Kew pass at 8:18. The Rock increased the lead when Josh Dawick scored his second of the game off an Andrew Kew pass at 18:38.
After two periods, Oakville 8 Snake Island 2.
Shots on goal were 20-18 in favor of Snake Island.
Oakville continued where they left off in the second with Jason Knox scoring at 0:29 seconds, but the Muskies answered back when Joe Resetarits scored unassisted at 2:14.
The Rock added to the lead on the power-play when Ryan Lanchbury fired a laser to the top corner off a Dan Lintner feed at 7:59, followed by Josh Dawick scoring from in close on the power-play off a Jason Knox pass at 11:29.
Snake Island got on the board when Vaughn Harris scored off a Jake Rice feed at 12:56, but Ryan Lanchbury answered with his fifth goal of the game off a Marley Angus feed at 13:36.
Oakville continued the barrage with Jason Knox scoring while the Rock had a two man advantage at 14:15.
The Rock replaced Nick Rose with Sam Haines to finish the game.
Final score, Oakville 13 Snake Island 4.
Shots on goal were 17-13 in favor of Oakville for a 55-47 total in favor of the Rock.
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Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.